Congratulations to Sayville High School Senior Grace Urmaza who has been named a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist. As a Semifinalist, she is among the highest-scoring program entrants in New York and represents the top 0.5 percent of the state's senior students. To advance to the NMS Finalist Standing, Grace will need to maintain her excellent academic record along with writing essays and providing information about extracurricular achievements, awards, and leadership positions.
Photo Caption: l-r Christine Urmaza (mother), Grace Urmaza and Sayville High School Principal Ron Hoffer
The National Merit Scholarship Program is a United States academic scholarship competition for recognition and university scholarships administered by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), a privately funded, not-for-profit organization
According to the National Merit Scholarship website:
Semifinalists are the highest-scoring program entrants in each state and represent the top 0.5 percent of the state's senior students. To be considered for a National Merit Scholarship, Semifinalists have to fulfill requirements to advance to Finalist standing. Each Semifinalist submits a detailed scholarship application, which includes essays and information about extracurricular achievements, awards, and leadership positions. Semifinalists also have to have an outstanding academic record, be endorsed and recommended by a school official, and earn SAT scores that confirm their qualifying test performance. From the Semifinalist group, a certain number of students, varying from year to year, advance to Finalist standing depending on the above criteria. By the conclusion of the competition, a select group of Finalists are chosen to receive prestigious National Merit Scholarships totaling nearly $35 million. Winners are the Finalist candidates judged to have the strongest combination of academic skills and achievements, extracurricular accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous university studies. Scholarship winners represent fewer than 1% of the initial pool of student entrants, based on official statistics released by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation